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New Zealand’s banks are offering a six-month mortgage holiday to homeowners and small to medium business owners affected by the coronavirus crisis. 

Finance Minister Grant Robertson, at a Tuesday press conference, said the major retail banks had agreed to a mortgage holiday for people who had their income affected due to the economic affects of Covid-19. 

The exact criteria was yet to be finalised, but it will cover both principal and interest payments. Robertson said he urged people not to “bombard” banks with queries about having a mortgage holiday. 

Businesses will also be covered by a $6.25 billion finance guarantee scheme, being organised by both government and the banks, that is hoped to save jobs and protect businesses.